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Subject: November '79
There is magic in the air during the Dead's Fall tour of 1979. Brent had since April to mold his genius in with the rest of the group, and the Dead's non-stop touring schedule gave them ample time to practice as a unit. There are many impressive shows from the summer tour, but you can really hear the band start to cook during November, and this night is a perfect example of the Brent-era band at their very best.
Garcia just started using his famous Tiger guitar back on 08/04, and by this show he had developed its signature biting, yet piercingly clean tone. Bobby is still playing his Ibanez custom guitar "Cowboy Fancy" with a beautiful Mesa Boogie Mark I amplifier. I love the bright clicking attacks of his rhythm work. He is represented well in this mix. His guitar tone would degrade over the next decade to end in a brutally distorted fuzz that replaced this classic sound. Phil also took advantage of Doug Irwin's skills and here he is playing his Tiger-look-alike bass with twin P-bass pickups. Brent adds so much color to the arrangements with power-soaked B-3 organ and a custom Rhodes electric piano. The drummers are in fine form tonight as well.
This tape represents everything good about '79. Enjoy.
@sbrew - I think you may have had one too many if you don't think this is a five-star show. Allow me to invite you to stack a massive stereo system in front of your chair, crank it all the way up, and be blown through the wall by this version of Passenger.
this is review of the show, not the recording:
Honestly, yes there are some cool moments, but is this a great show? no. It's ok, but there's a lot of Garcia lapsing into forgetfulness and often (but not always) the x-factor is missing; they're just not sparking like they do in so many other truly great shows and some parts are just falling apart. Great moments here and there but some of us are going to feel that the 5 star ratings are a bit of a letdown.
Masterful performance and sound quality. People rightfully mention the ChinaRider, but the Alabama > Greatest, and the Lost > Saint are equally exceptional.
Charlie did his usual wonderful job on mastering this version. The two patches are incredibly well done.
Get it on your favorite neighborhood tracker!